The ancient Egyptians postulated seven souls.
Top soul, and the first to leave at the moment of death, is
Ren the Secret Name. This corresponds to the Director. He
directs the film of your life from conception to death. The Secret
Name is the title of your film. When you die, that's where Ren
Second Soul, and second one off the sinking ship, is Sekem.
Energy, Power, Light. The Director gives the orders, Sekem
presses the right buttons.
Number three is Khu, the Guardian Angel. He, she, or it is
the third man out...depicted as flying away across a full moon,
a bird with luminous wings and head of light. Sort of thing you
might see on a screen in an Indian restaurant in Panama. The
Khu is responsible for the subject and can be injured in his
defense--but not permanently, since the first three souls are
eternal. They go back to Heaven for another vessel. The four
remaining souls must take their chances with the subject in the
Land of the Dead.
Number four is Ba, the Heart, often treacherous. This is a
hawk's body with your face on it, shrunk down to the size of a
fist. Many a hero has been brought down, like Samson, by a
Number five is Ka, the Double, most closely associated with
the subject. The Ka, which usually reaches adolescence at the
time of bodily death, is the only reliable guide through the
Land of the Dead to the Western Lands.
Number six is Khaibit, the Shadow, Memory, your whole
past conditioning from this and other lives.
Number seven is Sekhu, the Remains.
--Norman Mailer (as paraphrased in The Western Lands by William S. Burroughs)
"To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to "steal" ideas from many is research."
Greek and Roman Mythology-=*=-
Native American Mythology-=*=-
Aaru: Abode of the blessed dead.
Amen (Amon, Ammdn): One of chief Theban deities; united with
sun god under form of Amen-Ra.
Amenti: Region of dead where souls were judged by Osiris.
Anubis: Guide of souls to Amenti; son of Osiris; jackal-headed.
Apis: Sacred bull, an embodiment of Ptah; identified with Osiris as
Osiris-Apis or Serapis.
Geb (Keb, Seb): Earth god; father of Osiris; represented with
goose on head.
Hathor (Athor): Goddess of love and mirth; cow-headed.
Horus: God of day; son of Osiris and Isis; hawk-headed.
Isis: Goddess of motherhood and fertility; sister and wife of Osiris.
Khepera: God of morning sun.
Khnemu (Khnum, Chnuphis, Chnemu, Chnum): Ram-headed
Khonsu (Khensu, Khuns): Son of Amen and Mut.
Mentu (Ment): Solar deity, sometimes considered god of war;
Min (Khem, Chem): Principle of physical life.
Mut (Maut): Wife of Amen.
Nephthys: Goddess of the dead; sister and wife of Set.
Nu: Chaos from which world was created, personified as a god.
Nut: Goddess of heavens; consort of Geb.
Osiris: God of underworld and judge of dead; son of Geb and Nut.
Ptah (Phtha): Chief deity of Memphis.
Ra: God of the Sun, the supreme god; son of Nut; Pharaohs
claimed descent from him; represented as lion, cat, or falcon.
Serapis: God uniting attributes of Osiris and Apis.
Set (Seth): God of darkness or evil; brother and enemy of Osiris.
Shu: Solar deity; son of Ra and Hathor.
Tem (Atmu, Atum, Tum): Solar deity.
Thoth (Dhouti): God of wisdom and magic; scribe of gods; ibis-headed
Ba Ba-Pef Babi
Bow and Arrow
Sons of Horus
Symbols of Egyptian Mythology
Adoration (dua) - "Adore"
Ankh (ankh) - "Life"
Ba (ba) - "Soul"
Baboon (ian) - "Sun", "Moon"
Bow (iunet, pedjet) - "Enemies"
Cartouche (shenu) - "Sun", "Pharaoh"
Djed Column (djed) - "Stability"
Ear (mesedjer) - "Hearing"
the Eye of Horus (udjat, wadjet) - "Sun"
Feather (shut) - "Truth"
Gold (nebu) - "Tomb"
Headrest (weres) - "Sun"
Heart (ieb) - "Soul"
Ka (ka) - "Conscience"
Knot of Isis (tiet) - "Life"
Lapwing (rekhyt) - "Peoples"
Lotus (seshen) - "Lower Egypt"
Menet Necklace (menet)
Nefer (nefer) - "Beauty"
Palace Wall (serekh) - "King's Home"
Papyrus Clump (mehyt) - "Upper Egypt"
Phoenix (benu) - "Sun"
Praise (henu) - "Praise"
Sa (sa) - "Protection"
Sail (hetau) - "Breath"
Scarab beetle (kheper) - "Sun"
Sekhem Scepter (sekhem) - "Power", "Might"
Senet Board Game (senet)
Shen Ring (shenu) - "Eternity"
Sistrum (sesheshet) - "Placation"
Swallow (menet) - "Souls"
Was Sceptre (was) - "Power"